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101  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 08:42:56 PM
@Deozaan: I just edited and clarified my comment above.
102  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 08:38:42 PM
I'd be wary about trying to blindly fix an apparent non-critical problem in the MS OS (Systray) by using a third-party "fixer" tool, and without first establishing the likely cause and examining the possible workarounds suggested by MS or in MS forums.
Probably best to err on the side of caution...
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question but maybe somebody knows how. Probably a form of Sync. on: May 20, 2015, 08:18:38 PM
I was interested in this discussion and went to check FreeFileSync and the FreeFileSync - automated backup - Mini-Review, to see if FFS could meet the requirements as described in this discussion thread.

Conclusion: It doesn't look like it can.

104  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FreeFileSync - Mini-Review - update re latest version (v7.0) + Sync.Options. on: May 20, 2015, 07:42:59 PM
EDIT 2015-05-21 1242hrs: Update re latest version (v7.0) + Synchronisation Options, where a separate section entitled Details of Synchronisation Options has been added at the end of the opening post.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 20, 2015, 04:29:55 PM
The has this post: (copied here for information/searching.)
Unfortunately, we have renewed our ICANN Accreditation -
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
May 20, 2015 Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS has met the automatic renewal requirements under our ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement and will thus renew into the 2013 RAA on June 23rd, 2015,

This means that as of June 23rd we will be subject to enforcing the new Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) which was enacted by ICANN earlier this year. All registrants of any domains under which easyDNS is directly accredited (.COM, .NET, .ORG .BIZ, and .INFO) will henceforth be subject to the WAP. (Note, all new GTLDs such as .website, .host and are handled through our OpenSRS Resellers tag and are thus already subject to the WAP).

The Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) was created by ICANN, the body that oversees internet namespaces such as .com/.net/.org etc in co-operation with various Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) in attempt to increase accuracy of data supplied in domain Whois records (see "What is a domain Whois record" below)

In this stage of the program what is required is that at certain specific points in a domain name's like cycle, domain registrants must complete an action that attests to the accuracy of the data supplied in the Registrant data supplied.
Key domain lifecycle points or events that trigger the WAP are:

    Registration, renewal or transfer of a domain name using a new (previously unverified) contact data.
    Modification of a domain's Whois record to new values that are not previously verified.
    If an administrative email such as a renewal notice, or a Whois Data Reminder Policy (WDRP) bounces or is otherwise undeliverable.

In any of these case, a Whois Accuracy Program process is initialized which takes the form of sending emails to the Registrant (yes, this can mean sending this notice to the same address that bounced and started this process in the first place), requesting them to verify their Whois data:

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.16.34 PM

This normally takes the form of visiting a web page that displays the current Registrant data for a domain, and clicking on a button that asserts that the information is true and accurate:


The initialization of this process commences a time limited process (we refer to this process internally as the "Domain DOOMSDAY CLOCK", which is 15 days in length.

If the Whois data remains unverified after 15 days, the Registrar must suspend the domain, causing it to cease resolving over the internet, until such time as it can verified.

This is a real policy, enacted by ICANN, which binds all domain registrars accredited unto the 2013 RAA. Many Registrars are already operating under it, and there are already numerous horror stories in which high profile, super busy domains have been shut off and ceased operating because of failure to comply with this policy.

After June 23, 2015 whenever one of your domains hits an event outlined above, you will be receiving an email notice from us asking you to "Click this link to verify your Whois data". Even though it looks like an obvious phishing attempt, it isn't.

You can thank ICANN for this policy, we because if it were up to us, and you tasked us with coming up with the most idiotic, damaging, phish-friendy, disaster prone policy that accomplishes less than nothing and is utterly pointless, I question whether we would have been able to pull it off at this level. We're simply out of our league here.
Follow Up Questions:
What is a domain's Whois Record?
You may not be aware of this but every time you register a domain name your registration details (name, address, email, phone, fax) must  be entered in the relevant registries "Whois Database", which is a publicly accessible database and those details are visible by anybody.

For examples see which is our web based gateway to any whois database in the world.
What if I use Whois Privacy / MyPrivacy For my Domain Records?

If you use Whois Privacy, you will still have to confirm your underlying Registrant data – even though your public Whois records will be those of the privacy proxy.

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106  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 10:38:53 AM
Actually, I have noticed a few of my regular Systray icons episodically playing up and disappearing over the last few weeks. This is in Win8.1-64 PRO. I think it might be a minor new bug in the OS. In Personalisation Settings, the icons seem to have been reset to "not display". Restarting Explorer doesn't seem to always restore the icons either - it used to when I had a similar problem in Win7-64 HP.
107 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Focus-Unfocus and let me link - Elias Fotinis' "DeskPins" program on: May 20, 2015, 10:00:40 AM
Just updating this thread to correct a mistake and provide some potentially useful info.
I had provided above some details of a proggy called DeskPins, and I said that it was from ZD-Net. I had mistakenly categorised it as being of the ZD-Net stable, though in fact the notes (as copied above) clearly stated that it was:
Freeware, Copyright © 2002-2004 by Elias Fotinis
Released on 2004.05.03

The DeskPins v1.30 that I had did not seem to work on twin CPUs, and when I went to look for a version that worked on the more modern Windows OSes, I found that the website for Elias Fotinis had disappeared.
Yesterday I stumbled upon Fotinis' new website:
He provides two versaions of DeskPins:
  • DeskPins v1.32 (104 KiB) : For Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000.
  • DeskPins v1.30 (107 KiB) : For Windows 9x.

It says at
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
DeskPins can be used to make any application topmost, that is, to keep it above all other windows. Just grab a pin from the DeskPins icon in the system notification area and click on any window. This functionality is identical to the "Always on Top" setting found in some programs. With DeskPins you can add this feature to any program.

See more screenshots in the DeskPins gallery.

    Unlimited number of pins available.
    Intelligent handling of various application types.
    Powerful wildcard-based automatic pin support.
    Global hotkeys.
    Negligible system resources usage.

What's New
v1.32 — 2015.02.20
    Fixed inability to autopin windows of 64-bit processes.
See the complete changelog for more information.

For ages I had been using an AHK OnTop toggle switch as a workaround - which worked OK, but you can't see whether a window is OnTop or not without experimentally toggling it ON/OFF.
I am delighted to have found a newer version of Deskpins with it's little red pin on the top of the Window frame. It seems to work just fine.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 19, 2015, 01:20:50 PM
I always liked the "King Arthur" tales and especially "The Sword in the Stone".
Despite all the jokes in the "King Arthur" category that one can come across, I had never considered this take on it:
It's very droll - on a par with:

109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 19, 2015, 01:11:02 PM
^^ Similar joke to the "twine" one:

Military redundancy payment.
The US military were notified that their budget was being cut, so the President decided to retire his top three generals and give them a going away bonus for their service.

The first general was called in to the Oval Office, where the President told him he was to receive a pension and an unusual bonus. He was told that he could pick any two parts of his body and they would measure the distance between the two points. For every inch measured he would receive $10,000.  The general picked from the top of his head to his toes and got a bonus of $720,000.

The second general was then called in and told the same news.  He picked from the tip of his outstretched hands to the tip of his toes and was rewarded with a bonus of $1,000,000.  Whilst this was going on the first general was in the outer office, telling the third general waiting there all about the bonus system, so he was well prepared when his turn came.

He was ushered into the Oval Office, and after the President had told him what the bonus was to be based on, he told the President that he wanted to be measured from the tip of his penis to his balls. The President looked at him, decided not to make any comment, and said, "Well, OK, but if that's what you want it will have to be measured by a Medical Officer."

An MO was called, and when he arrived, the President explained what was required of him.  The general dropped his trousers and underpants, and the MO bent down in front of the general with a tape measure, placing the beginning of the tape at the tip of the General's penis.

A moment later the MO exclaimed, "My God!  Where are your balls?"

"In Vietnam", replied the General.
110  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 17, 2015, 01:32:10 AM
...My inner geek squealed at turning my Android devices into TI-8x graphing calculators. Yeah, I know. I'm easily amused.
Yes, same here, it's really a brilliant idea. I had not known that this emulation code was even available or that TI had made this code available. Hats off to TI for that. Impressive.
111  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 16, 2015, 02:51:31 PM
Ever since I had to buy my daughter a TI 84+ CSE for school, I have been using Wabbitemu when I need [her to use] a calculator. cheesy  (No downloaded TI ROM required, and there's an Android version too!)

And since Lauren has... err... misplaced her calculator, she is now using Wabbitemu on her laptop as well when she has that sort of assignment...

Wish I would have had knowledge of this in my college algebra class! And it looks like it will even load modules/programs designed for TI calculators as well.
All versions are freeware so I don't know why IainB left it off his list, though. There's nothing out there like this & it sure beats buying one of those expensive TI calculators.

OpalCalc looks brilliant. I would never use it enough to justify buying it, but I'm glad it's available *and* it is $5 cheaper than the program listed in the OP.

@Innuendo : I didn't consider (or claim) my list to be comprehensive at all. However, Wabbitemu is now on my list as I downloaded and installed it just now!

@x16wda: Thanks for the link to Wabbitemu. I  empathise with you regarding the ability of schoolchildren to lose their new school calculators. Being a collector (and constructor) of calculators from way back, I had already acquired an assortment of several good used ones (discarded/free), which I cleaned up and overhauled and got working tickety-boo. I kept 2 of the fx type for when my daughter would need them, and now she does, and today it transpired that she seems to have already "misplaced" one of them, so is using the 2nd as a backup. I have given most of the the rest to a local charity mission shop that I regularly take stuff to (from dumpster diving and people giving things to me as they know I collect for charity).

So, I haven't bought a calculator in years, though I did buy two of the superb Texas Instruments "Little Professor" educational math drilling calculators a couple of years back. They were very difficult to locate, but I finally managed to source them from nearby Australia. They get their power from ambient light and have an LCD display, but I would have preferred the older - now obsolete - battery-driven versions which had a red LED display. I reckon they were probably a more visually stimulating and fun design for kids.
112 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Width of Quick Paste Pop-Menu - how to change it on: May 16, 2015, 01:21:38 PM
A while back, I too had noticed that the CHS Quick Paste menu had become very wide, but, since it didn't bother me, I ignored it. However, after today fiddling around with the settings - for example, as has been done by @Werizon in this thread - I find that though I can cause the width (string length) of the text displayed to reduce by quite a bit, the width of the QP menu stubbornly doesn't reduce all that much, staying relatively wide and leaving lots of "white space" on the RHS of the menu.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of an alternative to InfoSelect ... InfoSelect 11!? on: May 15, 2015, 10:05:45 AM
I suppose that one alternative to InfoSelect could be the next version of InfoSelect!?

From the IS User Group at

114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Utility to allow keeping only the newest copy of several files on a drive on: May 14, 2015, 10:31:25 AM
Sounds like an interesting document control problem. I'm not sure I understand it very well though.
The sorts of things I would examine would be pretty basic, before suggesting a solution. For example, just trying to find out some of the definitive constraints and limitations to what is known about the documents stored.
Assuming this is a Windows OS:
  • (a) Have the files for any given project all been named according to a strict and consistent file-naming convention/rule, and if so, then what is that convention/rule? What exceptions might there be to this rule?
  • (b) Have the file meta-data/properties fields been used consistently to include uniquely distinguishing project meta-data? What exceptions might there be to this?
  • (c) Are the meta data (properties) and contents of the production and/or backup files being Indexed by WDS? (Has WDS been installed with all the necessary iFilters to enable this?) What exceptions might there be to this?
  • (d) Is the Date Modified field of any given set of latest file + its backup files, for any given filename, the only differentiator between the files which can be used to detect which is the latest? What exceptions might there be to this?
  • (e) Would you be able to connect all or several of the associated operational and backup drives to one computer, and search across them simultaneously for specific document types and dates using something like (say) Everything?
  • (f) Do you maintain/update a catalogue of every disk (operational and backup), and would you be able to concatenate the catalogues into one database for search and analysis?
  • (g) Was any versioning control method or added version-related meta-data applied to the documents, by he Windows OS or backup programs? What exceptions might there be to this?
115  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Defender (also Microsoft Security Essentials MSE) - Mini-Review on: May 14, 2015, 12:55:44 AM
2015-05-14: Opening post updated and renamed as "Defender/MSE" to reflect the reality and implications of Defender now being built-in to (bundled with) the Windows OS for Windows 8 and upwards, though it is still available separately as "MSE" for earlier versions of Windows.
116  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 13, 2015, 11:49:08 AM
As a result of this discussion, I have updated my notes on $FREE calculators. I have given a summary below - for those as may be interested: (the text with the relevant links is copied below the summary)


The text with the links is copied below:
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: May 12, 2015, 09:56:13 AM
Somewhere along the line we also seem to have lost touch with beloved member 40hz, last seen in february  Sad
that's been a notable absence. Hopefully he's doing okay (and just taking a break as Edvard says he was talking about).
Remember his turtle avatar was slowly fading?  That was a hint.
I hadnt noticed that -
I see it's gone completely now - and his signature is gone too! - Wish him the best and tell him come visit sometime.

You never know, it could be station drift, or maybe he's been switched to another frequency, or fallen foul of one of those Russian jamming signals, or gone thetan, or something.
There's a whole spectrum of possibilities for us to meditate upon.
118  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: compressed archive NSE (7Z/RAR/ISO etc) on: May 12, 2015, 09:19:31 AM
The pic looks great - I mean, the viewing plugin is working fine on the .7z folder - to all intents and purposes the compressed files look almost like files in ordinary folders.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: May 12, 2015, 02:55:30 AM
I wasn't sure whether this came under the category of "silly humour" or "Snowdengate", but either way it made me smile:
Microsoft Invests In 3 Undersea Cable Projects To Improve Its Data Center Connectivity | TechCrunch

I guess this sort of thing is increasingly likely to happen, as US Cloud-hosting corporations attempt to at least give things a semblance of "wanting to be seen to be not in league with the NSA" and so start planting their data centres offshore of the North Americas.
It will be interesting anyway. There could be far more capacity in those cables than MS would be likely to need...
Maybe MS is about to offer telco services too?    tellme
Some people (not me, you understand) might query whether the NSA will be connecting to these cables as they are being laid, or afterwards; however, I couldn't possibly comment.

120  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: compressed archive NSE (7Z/RAR/ISO etc) on: May 12, 2015, 12:56:13 AM
^^ @umeca74: Thanks for that!

This is a comparison set of views:

121  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: May 11, 2015, 10:30:12 PM
2015-05-12 - note re McAfee Stinger.(Refer: How it compares to similar products):
2015-05-12: Also see ghacks post about Stinger and a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) here - McAfee Stinger installs McAfee Validation Trust Protection Service
122 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Feature Request: SC to freeze the on-screen display prior to clipping an image. on: May 11, 2015, 11:34:01 AM
Nothing to be embarrassed about.  Another possibility is that if you haven't used SC in a long time, but you've been doing other things, windows may unload it from memory even if it's running in the system tray.  So in some cases this could mean that there is a slight delay between hitting the PrtScr button and having SC actually trigger the capture.  Maybe that's what happened before.

That's possible. SC is a really useful tool, and I sometimes leave it running in the background, ready for when I might need it. It's still there when my laptop goes to sleep/hibernate, and when it awakes from those states. I shall be more aware of this possibility now, and monitor things more closely.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: May 11, 2015, 10:31:39 AM
I learned to avoid draining more than one thing at a time, so as to minimise the potential for making any really careless mistakes - for example, such as (say) in refilling the drained engine oil with transmission oil or brake fluid.
With family/children around there can sometimes be many distractions, on top of which I can become very absent-minded sometimes when performing longer mundane tasks. My body sort of goes into automatic mode and my thoughts can become far removed from whatever I am doing and time ceases to exist for me. When that happens, it can give me quite a shock when I come back to reality a few hours later.
124  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review on: May 11, 2015, 09:54:31 AM
Following the 2014-08-07: Minor update edits/corrections to the review, which included:
  • (a) An email from @Qnomad indicating that he has been focussed on a new project (not DiviFile).
  • (b) No subsequent updates to DiviFile.
  • (c) This is probably not really a finished product (though it seems to work OK AS-IS).
- I have heard nothing from Qnomad since, and so have removed DiviFile from my browsers.
Sadly, I still reckon this working concept had tremendous potential.

The last entry on Qnomad's blog was dated January 31, 2013  -
The Qnomad website  - - looks unchanged since its post re DiviFile version 1.0.7.
I would presume DiviFile is abandonware.
I hope his "new" project works out OK.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 11, 2015, 08:41:27 AM
Yes, I gather it's the printhead that dries out and gets clogged with successive "cleaning" cycles, not the cartridges.
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